It may have achieved unprecedented popularity in the past few years but whatever you’ve heard, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) isn’t new. In 1912, Finnish athlete Hannes Kolehmainen used interval-style training in his preparation for the Olympics, and came away with three golds in the 5,000m, 10,000m and cross-country...
It is an indisputable fact that boxers are very, very fit and that’s why more gym chains and studios are offering boxing classes than ever before. Add to this growing list newcomer 12x3 Gym, the brainchild of former boxers Darren Barker and Ryan Pickard who both came up through...

The Best Upper-Body Workout

Do you want to add a serious amount of lean muscle mass in just 28 days? Then you’ve come to the right place because this four-week, 16-session training plan will do exactly that by pushing your body harder than it’s ever been pushed before. After all, getting out...

The Best Biceps Workouts

So it’s bigger biceps you’re after, eh? There are plenty of fine biceps exercises to try the next time you’re in the gym, but if you’re serious it’s worth adopting a more structured approach. Here we’ve taken two of our favourite biceps workouts and put them together in...
This article was first published in Men’s Fitness in 2014, it has since been updated The key to Jason Statham’s workouts is variety, not excessive training. Logan Hood has worked on getting Statham’s body into action star shape and he says the secret is variety. Statham rarely does the same routine...
You should know by now that you don’t need to spend hours slaving away in a gym to build a bigger, leaner and more functionally fit body. Indeed, more is often less when your training ambition is to look more like an athlete because you need to give...
Bodyweight exercises are great, but once you’ve been hitting the gym for a while you realise there are a few moves that keep cropping up. For good reason, obviously – press-ups, lunges, burpees, unweighted squats and planks do you all manner of good – but sometimes we can’t...

What Is Metcon?

What is metcon training? Metabolic conditioning or “metcon” for short is a style of training made popular in recent years by the CrossFit community – although the style of training itself is nothing new. The term describes short bouts of higher-intensity training designed to increase metabolic demand and increase energy...
Photography: Glen Burrows On some level, it’s the same in every sport: to survive at the top, you can’t afford to make mistakes. Tennis players live or die by their unforced error ratios; the best baseball players don’t so much swing for the fences as refuse to strike out. The...

The 100 Rep Workout

Used for decades by Russian soldiers, kettlebells have found favour in the UK in the past few years – and with good reason. Their top-mounted handle makes them ideal for ballistic, swinging movements, giving options that are hard to replicate with dumbbells or a bar. And because moves...